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Italian Football Legend Fabio Cannavaro Visits China’s Village Super League on International Children’s Day

Rongjiang, June 04, 2024, The Europe Today: On International Children’s Day, Italian football legend Fabio Cannavaro visited China’s Village Super League (VSL) and expressed his admiration for the local people’s passion and enthusiasm for football.

The VSL, also known as “Cun Chao,” was initiated in Rongjiang County, southwest China’s Guizhou Province, in 2023. Since its inception, it has quickly gained popularity both in China and internationally for its grassroots appeal and festive atmosphere.

Cannavaro, who was deeply impressed by the fervor of the local football fans, remarked on the unique and vibrant environment of the VSL. “The passion and enthusiasm for football here are truly remarkable,” he said. “It’s wonderful to see how the sport brings the community together in such a joyous and down-to-earth manner.”

The VSL has become a cultural phenomenon, drawing significant attention for its inclusive and community-focused approach to football. At the end of May, former Brazilian football star Kaka also visited the VSL and participated in a friendly match with Chinese football enthusiasts in Rongjiang. Reflecting on his experience, Kaka said, “It was a great experience to come here, receive all the caring and love from the people, and be with these people to enjoy this time together.”

The visits of renowned international footballers like Cannavaro and Kaka highlight the growing influence and appeal of the VSL. As the league continues to develop, it serves as a testament to the unifying power of football and its ability to foster community spirit and international camaraderie.

Cannavaro’s visit on International Children’s Day underscores the importance of nurturing young talent and promoting sportsmanship among the next generation. The VSL’s success and the international recognition it has garnered reflect the enduring love for football in China and its potential to inspire and connect people from all walks of life.